My mom has always loved living in the country (all her life) but was never really big on raising cattle herself. However, she still likes viewing cows out of the kitchen window whenever she gets the chance. Unfortunately, the house she lives in now doesn’t have a kitchen window so she came up with this great idea one day and asked me for some help. She knew a rancher, friend of hers, was tearing down an old house and asked him if she could have a few of the old windows. He said t...
Here is my entry into the Western Hand Saw world. Until now I’ve used Japanese saws so I’m pretty excited to have this one. I finally found an old saw at a thrift store. It was 50% off that day so it cost under $2bucks. The blade is not taper ground. Does that date it to the early 1900’s? Also if anyone knows what Disston model number this is I would appreciate the info. I haven’t been able to figure it out. It was in pretty rough shape. The handle was cracked in ...
Given a better computerdesk I recycle parts from my old desk to modify a stand from the new desk.
One picture here shows where I poured half the bearing at a time. The excess is fairly easily filed away. You could use a grinder to get close but at $10 a pound I wanted to save every shaving. The next picture is after my 1 St attempt, it turned out pretty good. You need 80% contact so I read and this is well over that. The picture of the shield show some spatter that occurred when pouring the top half of the bearing. I don’t know what caused it, probably sweat inside I coul...
I didn’t know where to start but I really wanted a more appropriate color than John Deere green. Some of the paint practically fell off and I got out an old gallon of paint stripper, I’m not positive but I think 20 years old since my daughter is turning 20 soon and I think I bought it to strip a crib for her. I took some pics of the can since the front said instructions on the side then I took a pic of the side. I don’t know the original color but ...
The blacksmith I bought the saw from loaded it on my trailer with a jib crane. He asked me how I was going to unload when I got home and I told him the truth, I’ll figure it out when I get home. I got lucky the trailer was the same level as my shop floor. , and the saw would fit through a 36” by 84” doorway if I took off some parts and the door with no room to spare. I put a 6” by6” across the opposite end of my shop squirted dawn soap on the trailer and floor a...
I recently found a 36” saw for sale on Craigslist. It was only three hours away in Tennessee, so my wife and I rode up to see the saw before I gave it much thought. It was at a blacksmith shop and he needed more room. After awhile we made a deal and I arranged to come pick It up. My truck had 249,600 miles at the time so I threw out some hints to my brother and some friends with newer trucks, no bites. I checked on renting a truck, whew. So I went through the brakes, beari...
This is the last post required to complete the build and make ready for applying the finish of my choice to get this one in the books. Once all the drawer fronts have been joined to the sides, and those cut to rough length, I had to work on adding backs to the drawers as well as bottoms. All drawer backs were set into simple dados that were cut on the table saw. For the Big Drawer as well as the Big Pair of drawers, the drawer bottom consists of a single piece of repurposed hardboa...
I saw Roy Underhill using one of these, and I thought it was the Bees Knees. I really wanted one. I have been searching ebay for an affordable one for quite sometime. I got this one for about $20 shipping included. Problem with cheap antiques is there is always gonna be missing parts, or unrepairable damage. This one was missing the blades and the screws to hold them. I figured I could buy new blades or cut them out of an old blade. So after arrival, I checked it out, and the fence mov...
What a learning experience and I don’t think I screwed this one up too bad….anyways, this and it’s matching ottoman (still to do) will be my next project post & woodshopcowboy blog post. —WW
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